Jodi Arias: Hell Hath No Fury

Arias attorneys seek jury sequestration


Judge Sherry Stephens left, listens to prosecutor Juan Martinez during the cross examination of Jodi Arias in Maricopa County Superior Court, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. Photo / AP -The Arizona Republic - Tom TinglePHOENIX (AP) – Jodi Arias’ lawyers are asking a judge to sequester the jury in her second trial to shield the panel from the intense publicity that enveloped her first trial, which ended with a murder conviction but without a sentence.

Arias was convicted of first-degree murder May 8 in the 2008 stabbing and shooting death of boyfriend Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home. The same jury failed to reach a decision on whether she should get the death penalty, setting the stage for a second penalty phase.

While the judge has yet to set a new trial date, Arias’ attorneys filed a motion this week seeking to have the new panel sequestered “to ensure that the jury is not exposed to community and/or media influence.”

The motion filed Thursday cites thousands of television news shows and newspaper articles about Arias throughout her roughly five-month trial, as well as a recent Lifetime movie about the case that attorneys said attracted 3.1 million viewers.

Arias’ lawyers claim the same intense publicity will no doubt come with a second penalty phase and will hinder her ability to get a fair trial.

“This integrity is in the most danger of being compromised when the process is contaminated by outside influences,” the attorneys wrote. “Given what took place in the last trial and the propensity for history to repeat itself, it is certainly beyond legitimate dispute that the threat to the integrity of the retrial is severe.”

Prosecutors have not yet filed a response.

The motion comes on the heels of several others filed recently. One seeks to have the retrial moved out of the Phoenix metropolitan area because of excessive publicity and to prohibit live television coverage. Another motion filed last month seeks to have the judge compel all jurors eventually seated in the second trial to reveal their Twitter user names so Arias’ lawyers can monitor their accounts to be sure they’re not communicating about the case.

Under Arizona law, while Arias’ murder conviction stands, prosecutors have the option of pursuing a second penalty phase with a new jury in an effort to get a death sentence. If the second jury fails to reach a verdict, the death penalty would be removed as an option, and the judge would sentence Arias to ether spend her entire life behind bars or be eligible for release after 25 years.

Arias, 33, admitted she killed Alexander, but claimed it was self-defense after he attacked her. Prosecutors argued it was premeditated murder carried out in a jealous rage after the victim wanted to end their affair and planned a trip to Mexico with another woman.

BRIAN SKOLOFF

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bill hook says:

maybe instead of worrying about going through a lengthy trial again the alexander family as much as i hate to say it should make sure she does life behind bars. and maybe the judge should make sure jodi is unable to post on twitter, i do not imagine any other prisoners being able to do this. you would think the bitch is royalty. she destroyed that poor guy physically and has done wonders to his reputation. i hope she burns in hell for what she did. and the jury that could not decide her fate with all of the evidence provided to them have to live with what they have done to travis alexander and his family.

   
Joan Marie Barringer says:

Tell me no one who has commented has any evil thoughts or actions in their past especially when young. As the bible story goes Jesus said “Whoever has not sinned throw the first stone!” And of course no one did because everyone knew they we capable of evil in the right circumstances. We don’t really know what happened behind close doors. Life in Prison would plenty where she is not a danger to herself or others. I think she could inspire other prisoners to continue their skills and purpose learning from their past.

   
Sherry says:

This killing bitch needs put on death row already. The judge better get it right this time. Arizona taxpayers have paid enough already.

   
Bridget says:

How is this still dragging on? Fry her ass. Enough tax payer dollars spent already. She is just pure evil.

   
PATRICIA NELSON says:

WONDERING THE OUT COME? It will be death row. WATCH ON THIS.

   
oregonaut says:

enough already kill the b*tch or lock her up and throw away the key! Literally! Let his family move on with their lives.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

LOOK UP DEATH PHOTOS, ON THIS PURE EVIL

   
Patricia Nelson says:

INSANE ON THIS FREAKING TRIAL, WATCHED FROM THE START, JAN. 3, 2013 DEATH ROW NO MORE ON THIS EVIL.

   
Noreen says:

Just get on with the trial. They deserve no priviledges. She did it, now pay for it. As long as she is off the streets forever I dont care! They do not need sequestration. Everyone already knows all. Get over it Jodie!!!

   
Patricia Nelson says:

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DEATH ROW NO MORE ON THIS.

   
Constance Alsip says:

Let’s just hope Judge Sherry can get her shit together for a change and just say NO. As far as I’m concerned, she should have sat with the defense, with her rulings so much in favor of the murderer Jodi Arias. She needs the needle, soonest.

   
Patricia Nelson says:

COME ON COME ON THIS , TOO LITTLE TOO LATE .

   

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